Woody Guthrie

Library of Congress Recordings, Vols. 1-3

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Alan Lomax and his wife Elizabeth Littleton interviewed Woody Guthrie for the Library of Congress over three days in 1940, with the conversations and Guthrie's vocal performances cut directly onto aluminum discs coated with a special lacquer. A three-record set was issued by Elektra Records. The set contains 29 tracks and features Guthrie talking frankly about race relations, his childhood experiences in Oklahoma, remembrances of gangsters and outlaws like Pretty Boy Floyd and Jesse James, and things he had observed riding the rails, during dust storms and in the oil fields. Guthrie performed folk songs and old tunes he'd heard and learned in his travels, singing them in the undiluted, expressive, moving manner that characterized his records.

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